FIA World Endurance Championship - The 2017 fight starts at Silverstone
date
13 April 2017

category
Racing world
FIA World Endurance Championship - The 2017 fight starts at Silverstone

 

After five seasons of incredible competition (both in Prototypes Class both in GT Class) and growth, the FIA World Endurance Championship has matured into one of the world’s most entertaining and respected motor sport series.

Top level multi-manufacturer participation, some of the very best drivers in the world, intense competition from start to finish, plus entertainment for all the family: these are some of the WEC’s trademarks which have been established and seen around the world.

The 2017 is about to deliver another spectacular season of racing, with 28 top-class international entries across the four categories of competition (LMP1, LMP2, LMGTE Pro and LMGTE Am) racing plus a stable calendar which features nine races held across Europe, Latin and North America, Asia and the Middle East.  

The WEC includes manufacturer teams from current World Champions Porsche (in both LMP1 and LMGTE Pro), Toyota, Aston Martin, Ferrari and Ford, with BMW already committed to join the GTE ranks in 2018.

 

WEC starts

 

How to watch WEC on TV

Europe

For 2017 Eurosport will show live and highlights packages on its channel across Europe. Combine this with the newly re-branded Motorsport.tv broadcaster which will continue to show all races live and in full.

 

Germany

Home to the big LMP1 manufacturers and many more within the 2017 entry list, welcomes a brand new extensive partnership with the free to air Sport 1 channel including their digital platforms, showing the whole championship live plus additional highlights programmes.

 

UK

It has some of the most knowledgeable and passionate endurance racing enthusiasts and they will have the largest variety of ways to watch the WEC since its inception in 2012. BT Sport is the new home of live WEC in the UK, in addition to highlights from each round including Le Mans.  Sky Sports News will also keep their viewers regularly updated with news segments from all 9 races.

 

France

Home to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, free-to-air La chaîne L’Equipe will continue its excellent coverage of the WEC, broadcasting all 6-hour races live within the 2017 season.

 

Rest of Europe

The vast majority of coverage is carried over from 2016, with major free-to-air networks such as RTL7 (Netherlands), RTBF (Belgium) and SRF SSRG (Switzerland) all signed for the new season.  Additional broadcasters include RTVE channel in Spain, Ziggo Sport in The Netherlands, TV2 Sport (Denmark) and free-to-air BNT (Bulgaria) to cover the growing Eastern European marketplace.

 

Americas

The USA and Latin America have one of the largest reaches for the FIA WEC in 2017, with Fox Sports North America dedicating live coverage and highlights packages all season long. Their 214 million potential reach combines with Fox International’s equally impressive 59 million reach in Latin America. The WEC enters the second of a three-year agreement with Fox International this season.

 

Asia

Japan’s love of endurance racing is as famous as its current roster of drivers in the championship. This season J Sports and BS Fuji continue their partnerships with the WEC with extensive coverage across the whole season.

Fox Sports and Eurosport deals have also been renewed and expanded for the Asia-Pacific region in 2017 and beyond.

 

Australasia

With New Zealand motorsport enjoying a golden period with the likes of teammates Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley joining forces at Porsche, and Richie Stanaway continuing with Aston Martin Racing, it is little surprise that there will be regular highlights on the FTA TV3 channel again this season.  In Australia there will be unprecedented levels of coverage on Eurosport, including all races live in full from Le Mans onwards, no doubt following young Australian Nick Foster who hopes to follow in Mark Webber’s endurance footsteps.

 

Africa and Middle East

will continue to receive live and highlights coverage through the Super Sport channels in 2017.

More details on the WEC’s global coverage will be published on a race-by-race basis, but fans can be reassured that TV broadcasts of endurance racing is on an upward path.

Commentary in English will be available on all live transmissions and official WEC highlights shows, with multiple 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Allan McNish giving his expert insights on FIA WEC.

 

A full list for the 6 Hours of Silverstone can be found on: www.fiawec.com